Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Smoker

I use a smoker to calm the bees when I’m working around them.  I use a metal bucket to carry my smoker; it gets extremely hot.  As you can see the smoker has a bellows similar to what blacksmiths use to force oxygen into the fire and force smoke out.  Being a little lazy, I use a propane torch to start the fire, which is really helpful on windy days.

The bucket for the smoker, propane torch in front, smoker in back.

The bucket for the smoker, propane torch in front, smoker in back.

You can use a variety of fuels – dead leaves, grass, pine needles, and bark, or rolled cardboard. I use cardboard most of the time.

You can use a variety of fuels – dead leaves, grass, pine needles, and bark, or rolled cardboard. I use cardboard most of the time.

Close the lid and it is really to go. With the lid closed, the fire smolders, producing smoke.

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